Top 10 Breaking Bad Characters


The Top Ten

1 Jesse Pinkman Jesse Pinkman

Jesse is SO much better than Walt. Walt transitions from an extremely likeable character into an evil, power hungry maniac. He destroys every other character in the shows lives and uses cancer, and his family as justification for his lust for power. Although his character is well portrayed Bryan Cranston, the only thing he could possibly rank number 1 in is most unlikable characters of all time.

There isn't one season where we don't sympathize for the good hearted meth head. From his romances cut short and his neglecting family, his life is constantly throwing shade at him. Regardless, he's smarter than the characters give him credit for, great with kids, and overall a good person with potential. No one could've played Pinkman better than Aaron Paul. May you and Mr. White reign over television beyond eternities.

He's the bomb, yo!

Jesse Pinkman is number one. Yeah, science!

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2 Walter White Walter White Walter "Walt" Hartwell White Sr. is a fictional character and the main protagonist of Breaking Bad, portrayed by Bryan Cranston.

I think the transition from good to bad is extremely fascinating for anyone who watches the show. He, of course, gets to the peak of his greed and cruelty during the first half of Season 5, but at the same time, when he does the things he does, there's a part of you that understands why he does what he does, given his situation. For example, if Walt didn't let Jane die, Jesse would have overdosed on heroin and died, and Jane probably would die anyway too. He made that decision to save Jesse, and it hurt him to do that. If he didn't have Jesse kill Gale, Walt would be dead, and Jesse would probably die too. If he didn't poison Brock, not only would he die, but everyone in his family would die. He also knew exactly how much to give him in order to keep him alive. The one time that I think he went too far was when he killed Mike, because there was no reason whatsoever to do it. I was fine with the prison killings because it sort of felt like a great big victory, not just for Walt, but ...more

I would vote for someone else but I couldn't resist to give my vote to Walter because after all he is the alpha and omega of the show and really think that he totally deserve it. I was angry with him when he let Jane died that was the only thing that was almost totally wrong but he did it for the sake of the show it couldn't be season 4 and 5 if jessy get away with Jane. Then when season 5 reach Walter started to act really greedy and he really made some bad choices in order to achieve what he achieve and he totally didn't have any reason to make 80 million dollars because even 1 million was more than enough to take care of his family so greed was guiding him for sure. However in the end he paid for his sins in some way, he died alone, his son hated him, all his family hated him, he died in the end but pinkman not. Also in last episode Walter haded the chance to kill pinkman but instead he gave him the gun and he let him go also he save him from the nazi thugs, so after all he shows ...more

"Say My Name"

Enough said.

Walter white not only is the most developed and has the biggest arc but we also root for him even when he is organising prison massacres, poisoning kids or blowing up nursing homes. It means something when you go for a character despite the terrible crimes they commit. Jesse is great and has an amazing arc, that's why it's the best show of all time and always will be, because the ensemble cast all perform 100%. I just think Jesse is maybe the most likeable their for peoples favourite but as far as BEST goes, it can be none other.

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3 Mike Ehrmantraut Mike Ehrmantraut Michael "Mike" Ehrmantraut is a fictional character in Breaking Bad and its spinoff prequel Better Call Saul, played by Jonathan Banks.

He is the most likable criminal character in the series

He's like my favorite character ever! He's so wise, loyal and despite all the things that go through his life, he never tried to kill any innocent person. He's a character to die and root for. Rip legend

What an epic dude - you gotta love him!

Best Charakter

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4 Saul Goodman Saul Goodman Jimmy McGill (Trade name "Saul Goodman") is a fictional television series character created by Vince Gilligan. He is a main supporting character in Breaking Bad and the titular protagonist of its prequel Better Call Saul.

Don't drink and drive. But if you do, call me

"Better Call Saul! " - SandersS16

Legally born James Morgan McGill, Saul felt he could never get anywhere in life by doing good. Clueless to the concept of proper law practice, Jimmy decided to let it go, becoming a lawyer for criminals. He's a very fun character, morally ambiguous, yet seeming like this charming, affable person who wants what's best for everyone. Until he suggests putting a hit on Jesse, that is.
He's very lost and misguided, and that's what's so fascinating about him. - SourNote2014

Saul has always been my favorite character. He's always positive and adds some brightness and humor to what would have been a generally dark-themed show. - Dorito

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5 Hank Schrader

Look, he might get under your skin sometimes, but he's a good guy. He always wants to do the right thing.

What a jerk! One dimensional. Full of self who sees world only in black and white. Even Gus has more humanity. Only wish his character had died sooner.

A great character that always tries to the do the right thing, and ends up losing his life for what he believes in (justice). It also really helps that he's played by Dean Norris, who in my opinion is the 2nd best actor in the show (just behind Bryan Cranston)

Reasonably the best character in the series. And by best, I mean as a DEA agent, as a brother-in-law and a good man in general. He didn't deserve what he got in the end but we all knew it was gonna happen at some point because every step he took to further the Heisenberg case only lead to increased risks to his life. Lego ASAC Schrader! - LightningBlade

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6 Gus Fring

I like to think that gus didn't actually order his dealers to kill tomas and if you don't count that then there is only one murder he commits throughout the series that isn't purely about making hector suffer for what he did to his friend all those years ago.

That kind of dynamic is just so interesting and it makes gus stick out in my head. Kind of disappointed that they went with saul for the spin-off cause gus seems much more fascinating, I definitely could have used more scenes with gus and his "brother."

Of course I don't even need to mention his amazing death scene which is perfect, if I forget everything about the series I will still remember that scene.

Easily one of the best villians of all time. How can you not place him at the top of the list

The most powerful, professional kingpin with a secret underground drug empire. Gus is the greatest, even his death was well earned. Also has anyone noticed that Gus never once refers Walt as 'Heisenberg'?

Am I the only one whom seems to have quite a struggle to decide whether I hate Gus, or actually like him? To me he is controversial, and confusing, in a good way. He is a well-built (character wise) man, and it is surprising to see what he'll do next! (SPOILER: Like when he just BAM sliced Victor's throat) One minute I am supporting him, the next I want him dead! THAT, is a great villain.

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7 Tuco Salamanca

Though he only appeared in a total of five episodes, Tuco was a herald towards a bigger, much darker story revealed in season 4.
He is also the show's only extroverted villain, and Raymond Cruz makes the most of it. He's frighteningly psychotic yet also a ton of fun to watch. It seemed like he was going to literally fly off the walls every time he inhaled any meth.
His family life is also implied to be very intriguing. He loves his grandma, as shown in 'Better Call Saul', and his uncle... his relationship with his uncle was a complicated one.
Though a legitimate threat, Tuco was also an entertaining one, and should he appear again in 'Better Call Saul', he's always welcome.

Like his namesake, a minute with him can change your life. - SourNote2014

Tuco Salamanca is the best character in breaking bad. No comparison.!.!

8 Skyler White

So much to say about Skyler. The comments against her are a double standard of gender roles.
Skyler is not the perfect wife or the perfect mother. In fact, she and Walt have several aspects in common which people accept more about Walt. Like her husband, she lies and keeps secrets. She hid the fact that she was having an affair with Ted the same time Walt was first leading his double life as a meth cook.
She has drive and initiative. She's not afraid to try dirty tricks to get her own way when she aids Walt in the money laundering operation. She is just as manipulative and dangerous as him, though not quite as physical.
She's smart, possibly smarter than him. She's definitely more logical than him, and provides a good foil to Walt's increasing paranoia and delusions of grandeur.
Despite all this, unlike Walt, she has more of a domestic role to fill. On one hand, this makes her an overbearing mother, one filling a traditional role of a wife in a television series. On the ...more

My husband's cooking meth to provide for our family. I'm pissed, so I guess I'll sleep with a guy who's embezzling money for his family.

Skyler is the best charater in Breaking Bad. Said no one ever. - SandersS16

She's strong, flawed and interesting. She's an antihero of sorts, to be viewed as a three-dimensional human being.

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9 Huell

I like this guy. Reasonably. - SandersS16

Greatest character ever.

The best bodyguard ever

He is so good at waiting on the couch

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10 Walter Hartwell White Jr.

He is just too innocent for the harsh and dark world of Breaking Bad. I seriously like this character. - Daviddv0601

Pancakes - SandersS16

Why isn't this guy higher up? He should be nr. 1! Like seriously. Look at him! Look how tough he is! Look at all he has to gone through and his spirit is still tough as hell! He is the one who is able to hold the family together! And he's 16! What kind of teenager manages to do that? Walter family plus almost everyone here must barely realize how lucky they are to have him! He is always kind and nurturing.


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The Contenders

11 Hector Salamanca

The fact that a bell is the most terrifying sound on the show should tell you something about how great Hector is.

Papa with ringbell is awesome :D

Dingdingidngindign ding ding ding

12 Skinny Pete

That's church, yo.

Two nuts in a ballsack, yo.

13 Badger

The guy should write and direct the next Star Trek movie

14 Old Joe
15 Jane Margolis

Jane! NOO

Should be ranked before skyler white and white

She deserves to be at least top 10

16 Marie Schrader

How the hell is Marie in the 23th position?

I think her character is the comic relief in the show, so funny.

Girl Power.No honestly they need better female characters like Game of Thrones. but Sky is hoottt for her age baby. thank you

17 Jack Welker

Despite being another short-lived primary antagonist, he did some of the most damage in the series. From killing poor Hank and murdering Jesse's second girlfriend, he was a walking pile of destruction that need to be put down. - Daviddv0601

Say what you will about the mans morality but at least he gets it done. I'd love to see a show about the gang.

True badasz

18 Kuby


Funny - SandersS16

19 Andrea Andrea Andrea is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Laurie Holden in the American television series of the same name.

LMAO! Why is a Walking Dead character on here?! Anyway, it's talking about the BB character. - Daviddv0601

She doesn't even belong here!

This is probably meant to be the Andrea who was on breaking bad, Jesse's girlfriend - Iamchewbacca37

If she was in breaking bad, she would be the best character ever LOL

Should be higher on list

20 Holly White
21 Jose Mourinho
22 Wendy
23 Todd Alquist
24 Combo

I Love Combo! I met Rodney Rush the actor who plays him and he is amazing as well.

25 Nacho Varga
26 Howard Hamlin
27 Kim Wexler
28 Lydia Rodarte-Quayle
29 Crazy 8 Crazy 8
30 Tortuga
31 Krazy 8

Even though he was only in the first 3 episodes his last episode had a good way of showing his history...until walt kills him

Good guy as of a villain

32 Steven Gomez

I love this guy

Should be higher

I only voted for him to be higher. He is Hanks buddy, and that's gotta make him yours too! :(

33 Todd

Child murdering scumbag - Daviddv0601

Slimy piece of s--- - SandersS16

Too bad he was only in season 5

Underrated character

34 Gale Boetticher

Should be higher

Literally nicest meth cook ever.

By far the most missed character upon his death. I personally relate to that character and seeing him die struck me hard.

RIP - LightningBlade

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35 Tucker


36 Ted Beneke

Shouldn't BE ON THIS LIST - Andyandy

37 Elliot Black
38 Leonel Salamanca

They really seem more like I single character. I thought they were cool

39 Emilio Koyama
40 Chuck McGill

Massive prick but also very interesting

41 Marco Pasternak
42 Daniel Wormald
43 Juan Bolsa
44 Dr Caldera
45 Ernesto
46 Uncle Jack
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